Newspaper Headlines: Golden Boys

Newspaper Headline: Golden Boys- This headline from the Guardian newspaper is all about Cambridge’s victory away at Newcastle in the FA Cup

In this week’s football language post we look at a headline from the Guardian newspaper about League One side Cambridge United’s victory away at Newcastle in the FA Cup – a real cup upset. You can see more newspaper headlines here and don’t forget we have hundreds more explanations of football language in our football glossary. If you have questions or comments about this or any other phrase then email us at:

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Newspaper Headlines: Golden Boys

In this week’s newspaper headline we look at a headline from The Guardian newspaper about the huge cup upset from the English men’s FA Cup 3rd Round last weekend between Premier League side Newcastle and League One team Cambridge United. The headline uses the phrase ‘Golden Boys‘ which describes the colour of the shirts from Cambridge but also that they have won something (the game) somthing like in the Olympics. The sub-heading gives a little more information about the tie: Cambridge are from the third tier in English football and are referred to as ‘League One heroes‘ – heroes is a term often used to describe a brave or battling team performance. These heroes have stunned Newcastle with their win – to stun is another way of saying to surprise or to shock the opponent – while Newcastle are described as Tyneside’s billionaires which of course refers to the fact that the team is based in Tyneside (beside the River Tyne) and that they have been taken over by a Saudi Arabian consortium who will heavily invest in the club. Well done to Cambridge – a real cup upset indeed!

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